Rich is a full-time mediator, whose practice includes commercial, civil rights, wage and hour and community mediations. In addition to mediation, together with Professor Lela P. Love, Rich teaches mediation-based conflict resolution and life skills programs to prisoners in New York State prison facilities and has, with other mediators, previously taught a mediation-based life skills program (2017) to inmates at Rikers Island. Rich brings to his mediation practice an interest in restorative programs for prisoners and over 35 years of litigation experience, equally divided between commercial litigation and public service in the criminal justice area as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and Chief of the Criminal Division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, a Special Prosecutor in Kings County, and an Assistant Attorney General and Special Litigation Counsel in the New York State Attorney General’s New York City Office. In the Attorney General’s Office, Rich was responsible for defensive civil rights litigation relating to the State’s criminal justice agencies under three successive Attorneys General. He served as lead attorney for the State in landmark prison reform cases and nationally recognized settlements involving prison mental health services (2007) and the use of solitary confinement (2016). Rich obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University (1964) and law degree from Harvard Law School (1967).
Adjunct Faculty, Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution